Thinking about buying a new home in Denver? Upgrading or downsizing or possibly now working from home? There are lots of reasons that the Denver housing market has been robust. With a new home under consideration there are many things that catch your eye, many amenities that spark your interest. But the most important part of that home is the longevity and stability of the roof. Let’s face it, the roof protects your future investment so it’s important to inspect the roof prior to purchase.
Inspect The roof
Future homeowners need to pay special attention to many roof details. Most potential buyers will stand at a distance to inspect a number of things. The fact that the roof appears to be mold-free, without curling or bulges, is a huge plus.
Look for signs of missing shingles or worn area that might indicate it was badly affected by severe weather occurrences. The homeowner can reference to the lifespan of the roof and materials used, if new or replaced. Its important to know the type of shingles and materials used so you understand maintenance for the future.
A leaking roof can cause lots of interior damage and visibly manifest the problem with ceiling stains. Rooftop leaks can damage wood floors and interior walls and paint, so it’s important to look for signs of this.
Most roofs leak around plumbing vents, a roof valley or chimneys. When it rains. It is always a good idea to get a professional, such as Priority Restoration locate any possible leakage.
Check The Ventilation System
A roof might appear to have been newly installed but the ventilation system might not be appropriate and could end up giving you more problems than you bargained for and could result in formation of mold later on.
Downspouts, gutters and drainage pipes might require some additional investigation to ensure water is not pooling. It is always good to get onto the roof to determine all is in good order. The job of downspouts is to quickly release storm water so look for possible signs of recent flooding around the downspouts to ensure the soak wells are the right size and are draining adequately.
The seepage system might also be a good place to inspect for asphalt shingle grains. The shingles are coated to shield the shingle itself from the destructive rays of the hot Colorado sun.
Mold Is Destructive
Did you know that mold can be different colors? Dark, white, green or black. Some of these molds can be hidden but non the less destructive. Some mold can develop from a leaky roof and form between walls and under the floors. It is found that most molds develop with inadequate ventilation system and water leaking. This occurs more in hotter climates but Colorado homes are also impacted in spite of dryer climate conditions. That is enough to warrant you to inspect the roof prior to purchase.
A fundamental reason of a mold is a direct result of water intrusion from the roof. It is usually the source of an interior problem. Water can also gather hidden, inside walls, bringing with it really destructive future problems. Mold on the rooftop not only affects the visual appearance, but can also cause a bad odor.
Many home experts use an infrared camera to inspect for mold, so look for the inspection professionals if you fear the home might have mold so that you can get rid of it before you move into your new house.
Priority Restoration can help new homeowners in many ways, from roof inspections to repainting. We are happy to help you if you have any questions on an existing roof or one that you’re hoping to potentially own. Be on top of things, literally your roof, and make that new home purchase a joyous occasion that gives you peace of mind.